Cristina Guitian is an award-winning illustrator and mural artist. Now based in London, she was born and raised in Madrid. As a child Cristina was quiet and introvert and this encouraged her to develop her own inner world. Soon Cristina was creating a visual language of her own, combining real and surreal, animal and human. This grew into a complete mythological world of calligraphy, populated by characters with reimagined limbs, machines that defied the laws of mechanics.
Cristina’s world is filled with visual metaphors and whimsical humour. The mood is difficult to define, yet instantly recognisable. Happy and uplifting, yet dark, it opens closed doors and throws light into hidden corners. This intriguing energy drives Cristina’s creativity. You can see it in the huge 26 and 38 metre murals in the AMC Hospital in Amsterdam and in her interactive installation for WeTheCurious, the Museum of Science in Bristol.
You’ll see her detailed fine line drawings and minimal colour palette in commissions for a client list that extends from Google and Greggs to the Guardian and Headspace. Her illustrations and murals have been exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid.
Clients & commissioners
Google, Cointreau, Greggs, Virgin Media, Diesel, Nike, Shell, Volkswagen, Fnac, McCann Healthcare, Saatchi & Saatchi, Savanna, TBWA, Draftfcb, SOS (Save Our Seas), Pabst Blue Ribbon, Digitas, JWT, Azzalure, The Guardian, Waitrose, Headspace, The Girl Guides, Social Enterprise UK, NOTHS, Quintessencially magazine, Quest magazine, Calle 20, Vbat Amsterdam, Pure Groove, H magazine, Hohe Luft magazine, Saga magazine, The AOI, Fnac, Kensington Palace, V&A.
Events, collaborations & others
Eudaemonia, “graffiti” in a gym, YMCA Club, London 2017
Triptic, drawing improvisation, Tripspace, London 2015
2 headed Christmas, Xmas tree installation, Rivington Place, London 2013
Palmeras, live installation, Cr8net Conference, London 2013
Reminisces Room, exhibition display, Victoria Revealed, Kensington Palace 2013
Olvidando Volar, jewellery collaboration, La Jara jewellery, Barcelona 2012
Cabezas, jewellery, The Poundshop, Design Week, London 2011
Tattoo Parlour, live event, Friday Late: MAKE, V&A, London 2011
Where is my Mind, mixed media collaboration, 125 Magazine, London 2011
No Santa, event, JJAM Psychedelic Christmas, Xmas event, Somerset House, London 2010
Pair of Rabbits, live event, Friday Late: Two’s a Pair, V&A, London 2010
Knotted Arms, live installation, Art in Industry, Shunt, London 2009
Colour Me, embroidery workshop, London Festival of Architecture, London 2008
The Art of Football, live painting, Nike, Cargo, London 2008
No Borders, Spain 2018
Mythology, Drawing Book, Sydney 2015
Outside Fixed Patterns, Art Represent, London 2014
Monsters, Drawing Book, Sydney 2013
Exhibition Match, Vintage Festival, Hayward Gallery, London 2012
Ghosts of Gone Birds, Onca Gallery, Brighton 2012
Manos Negras, Jealous Gallery, London 2011
Capetown II, Hostal Delvi, Madrid 2011
Images 34, London College of Communication, London 2010
Portraits of my life as a Bird, The Print House Gallery, London (solo exhibition) 2010
Art in Industry, Shunt, London 2009
Images 33, London College of Communication, London 2009
Lugares hechos de Silencio, Design Festa Gallery, Tokyo 2008
Art in Industry, Shunt, London 2008
Spread the Lead, Gallery Hanahou, New York 2008
DB Illustrate, Design Week, London 2007
Artist practice: Cristina Reyes
Cristina also develops her art practice experimenting with object-based works outside of the illustration format. For this body of work Cristina works under her alter-ego’s name Cristina Reyes.